Before I began sewing, I thought a needle was just … a needle. How wrong I was! Once I began making my own clothes in earnest, and learning the fine art of hand sewing, I discovered that a needle can become that most ritualised of objects.
My favourite needles are the teeny tiny black-with-gold-head Clover quilting no. 9 needles. You could swallow one of these and not notice – until it sliced through your innards. These things are tiny and sharp, perfect for delicate hand sewing. To use these, you will need a good light, a thimble and your specs. Maybe even a head torch.
The Japanese package contains two Sashiko needles, neither of which I’ve ever used because I’ve never done any of this type of stitching. Yet. Want to know what Sashiko is? Look at this lovely website.
Do you have a favourite type of needle for hand sewing?